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DESIGN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does design mean? 

DESIGN (noun)
  The noun DESIGN has 7 senses:

1. the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan)
2. an arrangement scheme
3. something intended as a guide for making something else
4. a decorative or artistic work
5. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
6. a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something
7. the creation of something in the mind

  Familiarity information: DESIGN used as a noun is common.


DESIGN (verb)
  The verb DESIGN has 7 senses:

1. make or work out a plan for; devise
2. design something for a specific role or purpose or effect
3. create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner
4. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
5. create designs
6. conceive or fashion in the mind; invent
7. intend or have as a purpose

  Familiarity information: DESIGN used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESIGN (noun)


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Meaning:

The act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

design; designing

Context example:

he contributed to the design of a new instrument

Hypernyms ("design" is a kind of...):

creating by mental acts (the act of creating something by thinking)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "design"):

planning (the act or process of drawing up plans or layouts for some project or enterprise)


Sense 2design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An arrangement scheme

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

design; plan

Context examples:

the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult / it was an excellent design for living / a plan for seating guests

Hypernyms ("design" is a kind of...):

arrangement; organisation; organization; system (an organized structure for arranging or classifying)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "design"):

hotel plan; meal plan (a plan and a room rate for providing meals to guests at a hotel)

snare; trap (something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares)

layout (a plan or design of something that is laid out)

configuration; constellation (an arrangement of parts or elements)


Sense 3design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something intended as a guide for making something else

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

blueprint; design; pattern

Context examples:

a blueprint for a house / a pattern for a skirt

Hypernyms ("design" is a kind of...):

plan; program; programme (a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished)


Sense 4design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A decorative or artistic work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

pattern; design; figure

Context example:

the coach had a design on the doors

Hypernyms ("design" is a kind of...):

decoration; ornament; ornamentation (something used to beautify)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "design"):

polka dot (design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots)

pyrograph (a design produced by pyrography)

screen saver ((computer science) a moving design that appears on a computer screen when there has been no input for a specified period of time)

sunburst (a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it)

tattoo (a design on the skin made by tattooing)

tetraskele; tetraskelion (a figure consisting of four stylized human arms or legs (or bent lines) radiating from a center)

triskele; triskelion (a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center)

weave (pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric)

marking (a pattern of marks)

motif (a design that consists of recurring shapes or colors)

mihrab ((Islam) a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug; during worship the niche must be pointed toward Mecca)

argyle; argyll (a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland)

bear claw (an incised design resembling the claw of a bear; used in Native American pottery)

damascene (a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel)

decal; decalcomania (a design fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design to be transferred to the surface)

device (any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery))

emblem (special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.)

herringbone; herringbone pattern (a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way; it is used in weaving, masonry, parquetry, embroidery)

linocut (a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum)

mandala (any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe; used chiefly in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation)


Sense 5design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

purpose; intention; intent; aim; design

Context examples:

his intent was to provide a new translation / good intentions are not enough / it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs / he made no secret of his designs

Hypernyms ("design" is a kind of...):

end; goal (the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "design"):

will (a fixed and persistent intent or purpose)

view (purpose; the phrase 'with a view to' means 'with the intention of' or 'for the purpose of')

sake (the purpose of achieving or obtaining)

final cause ((philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process)

cross-purpose (a contrary aim)

idea; mind (your intention; what you intend to do)


Sense 6design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

the design of a building

Hypernyms ("design" is a kind of...):

sketch; study (preliminary drawing for later elaboration)


Sense 7design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The creation of something in the mind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

invention; innovation; excogitation; conception; design

Hypernyms ("design" is a kind of...):

creative thinking; creativeness; creativity (the ability to create)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "design"):

concoction (the invention of a scheme or story to suit some purpose)

contrivance (the faculty of contriving; inventive skill)


DESIGN (verb)


Sense 1design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make or work out a plan for; devise

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

design; contrive; plan; project

Context examples:

They contrived to murder their boss / design a new sales strategy / plan an attack

Hypernyms (to "design" is one way to...):

create by mental act; create mentally (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "design"):

concert (contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement)

map; map out (plan, delineate, or arrange in detail)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence examples:

Did he design his major works over a short period of time?
They design the cape


Sense 2design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Design something for a specific role or purpose or effect

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

This room is not designed for work

Hypernyms (to "design" is one way to...):

designate; destine; intend; specify (design or destine)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context example:

Chanel designed the famous suit

Hypernyms (to "design" is one way to...):

create; make (create by artistic means)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "design"):

cut; tailor (style and tailor in a certain fashion)

make up (devise or compose)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Did he design his major works over a short period of time?


Sense 4design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

design; plan

Context examples:

design a better mousetrap / plan the new wing of the museum

Hypernyms (to "design" is one way to...):

create by mental act; create mentally (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "design"):

blueprint; draft; draught (make a blueprint of)

redesign (design anew, make a new design for)

engineer (design as an engineer)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Create designs

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context example:

Dupont designs for the house of Chanel

Hypernyms (to "design" is one way to...):

create; make (create by artistic means)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

Did he design his major works over a short period of time?


Sense 6design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conceive or fashion in the mind; invent

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context example:

She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day

Hypernyms (to "design" is one way to...):

conceive; conceptualise; conceptualize; gestate (have the idea for)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7design [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Intend or have as a purpose

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

She designed to go far in the world of business

Hypernyms (to "design" is one way to...):

intend; mean; think (have in mind as a purpose)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


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